Author(s): Haedar Akib, Eko Wagianto, Dahyar Daraba, Umi Farida, Risma Niswaty
Collaboration and coordination between regions and inter-regional organizations is a key factor in the successful development of local competencies in a region. The article of this research aims to analyze and explain the development of local competencies as a basis for inter-regional cooperation in West Sulawesi. Quantitative research methods through survey-evaluative are used in collecting data to be analyzed using the shift-share analysis technique. There are various potentials and local competencies of each regency as "development capital" and a source of competitive advantage to be developed sustainably in three sectors as a basis for cooperation, namely the primary sector, secondary sector, tertiary sector. The result is that there are two regencys (Central Mamuju, North Mamuju) that are suitable for the development of the primary sector as a basis for the advantages of competitiveness. Meanwhile, four regencys (Mamuju, Mamasa, Polewali Mandar, and Majene) have the potential to develop secondary and tertiary sectors as the basis for the development and excellence of regional competitiveness. The mapping of local competencies is a reference for the establishment of strategies for developing inter-regency cooperation in West Sulawesi Province. The findings of this study are in line with the focus and locus of the development strategy "five strong points of development" (infrastructure, education, economy, health, and the cocoa movement) in West Sulawesi Province. The essence and orientation of the sector and regional development activities on an ongoing basis need to refer to the development of local competencies that are owned as the basis of the advantages of competitiveness.